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Master of Arts (MA)




"I give Him to you that you may make Him grow."· With these words, the Virgin Mary extended the Infant Jesus to the open arms of Blessed Alix Le Clerc. Since that vision in 1597, nearly four hundred years ago, the School Sisters de Notre Dame have carried on the work of education begun by Alix Le Clerc and a small band of women, under the direction of St. Peter Fourier. On Christmas night 1597, a new Religious Order came into being in Lorraine, France. From here the Congregation spread throughout Europe. In 1853 the Reverend Gabriel Schneider established the School Sister de Notre Dame in Czechoslovakia. Like Peter Fourier before him, Schneider recognized the need for Religious Sisters to whom the education of youth, and of girls in particular, could be entrusted.3


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1975 Anita Rolenc.

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